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Meet the Activists Risking Prison to Film VR in Factory Farms

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Just before midnight somewhere in the western United States, a white pickup truck’s high beams light up a stretch of dark highway. The driver slows as his three passengers peer through the cab’s front and rear windshields, looking for the headlights of any cars that might catch them in the act of trespassing. “Let’s be […]

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Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

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The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea. The US government considers his presentation to be a transfer of technology—and therefore a violation of US sanctions. But Griffith’s defenders, including Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, describe […]

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The 25 Most Dangerous Software Vulnerabilities

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Happy post-Thanksgiving weekend! Hope you’re still in a turkey coma and survived the lively political discourse with your various uncles. As you shop leftover Black Friday and upcoming Cyber Monday sales, please be safe out there; it’s a scammer’s paradise. Oh, and think twice before you give a device with a microphone or camera, especially […]

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What Is a Dead Drop?

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For almost three years starting in the fall of 2015, a 56-year-old Chinese-American tour guide named Xueha “Edward” Peng would periodically carry out a strange errand: Every few months, he’d book a room at a certain designated hotel—first in California and later in Georgia—and leave $10,000 or $20,000 in cash in the room, inside a […]

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The Debate Over How to Encrypt the Internet of Things

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Internet-connected gadgets like lightbulbs and fitness trackers are notorious for poor security. That’s partly because they’re often made cheaply and with haste, which leads to careless mistakes and outsourcing of problematic parts. But it’s also partly due to the lack of computing power in the first place; it’s not so easy to encrypt all that […]

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The GOP Is Mired in Conspiracies—and It’s About to Get Worse

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Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that the impeachment inquiry had “poisoned the minds of fanatics,” and he was absolutely right—but not quite in the way that he meant. His comments, aimed at Democrats, instead came across in the hearing as projection, a sad summation of the intellectual rot […]

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1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server 

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For well over a decade, identity thieves, phishers, and other online scammers have created a black market of stolen and aggregated consumer data that they used to break into people’s accounts, steal their money, or impersonate them. In October, dark web researcher Vinny Troia found one such trove sitting exposed and easily accessible on an […]